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Sheriff Paul Blackman
Highlands County Sheriff's Office
400 S. Eucalyptus Street
Sebring, FL 33870
Phone: (863) 402-7200

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Deputy Sheriff William J. Gentry, Jr.
Highlands County (FL) Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: May 7, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Gentry was shot on May 6, 2018, as he responded to an animal abuse case. Deputy Gentry and another deputy responded to the victim's home and made contact with the suspect who lived next door. As Deputy Gentry stood at the front door, the suspect opened fire and Deputy Gentry succumbed to his injuries the following day. Deputy Gentry is the 28th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed this year and the 4th officer fatality from the state of Florida in 2018.

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